Interventions for treating acute elbow dislocations in adults

Added April 9, 2013

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Overall, there is a lack of evidence to inform clinical decisions for treating acute simple elbow dislocations in adults. Nonetheless, it should be noted that, while weak and inconclusive, the available evidence from a trial comparing surgery versus conservative treatment did not suggest that the surgical repair of elbow ligaments for simple elbow dislocation improved long-term function.

Dislocation of the elbow joint is a relatively uncommon injury and this review assessed the effects of various forms of treatment for acute simple elbow dislocations in adults.